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Arocha 2500 grafts FUT with PRP 4/16/19

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35 minutes ago, LeonSlack said:

@Steeeve Thanks for the reply man! Another question I had was when you got your sutures out after 2 weeks, did it still hurt to comb your hair around the suture line? 

Also, it doesn’t seem like you need a lot of hair to cover the red area you have at your donor, huh? Maybe an inch or so would be enough? 

It was a little tender, yeah. I used and continue to use a brush with large wooden bristles. Honestly, I pretty much stole (we’ll say I liberated it) the brush from my wife. I wouldn’t suggest a fine toothed comb. I would use a brush with rubber or wooden bristles once the sutures come out. I don’t brush my hair all that often to be perfectly honest. I grew my hair out specifically in case I dealt with any shockloss. Typically what I do once I step out of the shower is just run my hands through my hair and let it air dry.

I could cut my hair shorter, I’m sure. When I went to Dr Arocha for my one month check up he said I could probably cut it down to a 3 or 4. I didn’t really have the balls to try that though as I felt like I was still suffering with some shockloss in the donor but I’ll probably go a little shorter on my next haircut. I plan on cutting my top and sides much shorter once the hairs get a little longer so that everything will be more uniform. That’s happening fast for me, though.

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5 hours ago, LeonSlack said:

@made2care Any idea how long it took for the shock loss to grow back?

Mine started growing back early and by the 5-6 month mark it  had filled in considerably.

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@made2care You have gone a whole year since your procedure. How does your scar look? Do you feel a ridge back there when you put your fingers through your hair? Thanks for your feedback!

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14 hours ago, LeonSlack said:

@made2care You have gone a whole year since your procedure. How does your scar look? Do you feel a ridge back there when you put your fingers through your hair? Thanks for your feedback!

 

14 hours ago, LeonSlack said:

@made2care You have gone a whole year since your procedure. How does your scar look? Do you feel a ridge back there when you put your fingers through your hair? Thanks for your feedback!

I do not feel any ridge at all. The shock loss has filled in nicely. I visit with Dr. Arocha in a couple of weeks and he will assess my progress further. Overall, I am pleased with my results. The donor scar healed pretty fast but the shock loss did take some time to fill back in.

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Hello everyone. 

I’m 6 days prior to my 3 month mark.

I wanted to go ahead and post some pics because I cut my hair and wanted to share the current state of my progressing results and scar.

I cut it because, well, grafts are really starting to grow and I wanted it to be a little more uniform. I also wanted to experiment and push the boundaries to see how close I could get it. Those sprouts are definitely still way too short to make a significant cosmetic difference but there is a difference nonetheless. 

Since hair is always growing it might look different in 6 days than it would even today and, mostly, I wanted to share what my scar would look like with an inch of hair covering my entire scalp, especially my scar. @LeonSlack posed the question a few weeks back. Here’s the answer in terms of what I’m able to achieve at almost 3 months.

I cut it myself using my clippers and took this grade,82F22029-E571-457B-A9EB-BE272B721FF3.thumb.jpeg.f14db8a3c890968f1535b9dafd0e590e.jpegand shaved my entire head. The hair on the side of my head was sticking out in a funny way so I then took this grade,217BB34D-41F4-4DE7-A2DF-2BF70D8B82E3.thumb.jpeg.db6cfd837e9f5cb17d91f506dea3b5f9.jpegand faded the sides in a bit to keep the sides toward the front a little (a hair...?) closer to my scalp. I did not get the 7 grade close enough to the scar for fear of making it more visible.

I assumed my scar would be visible at this length. I planned to wear a hat out until the hair in the back grew out a bit. To my surprise it was only visible on the side where I suffered the infection. At this point I would assume this will even out as it looks like there is a lot of stubble there around that part of the scalp that has yet to make a noticeable difference. I’ve still got months for the scar to mature so I’m not worried about it. Even if the scar stays that way I’m not worried about it as there are other options but I’ll cross that bridge when I get there and keep my hair a little longer in the interim.

I'm still going to wear a hat but I guess my expectations are currently in check because...I don’t think it looks that bad in it’s current progressing state.

There is no product in my hair other than minoxidil foam I put in it 4 hours prior to taking these pics.

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The Left Side

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The Right Side

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Here are some more pics of my current progress closer up.8863C242-D34F-4759-8F40-BFDC94678A73.thumb.jpeg.8e02cc585a7be17c12f3cc1b7917a9ba.jpeg0A75B13F-A0C5-4B0C-91BA-D7F8A1D43B57.thumb.jpeg.b6f65019deceef837fb306b2e8cb3c6c.jpeg0042E75E-9E0B-4080-B799-29A78AD7E48B.thumb.jpeg.eebdc82740f963ac674e6ada959bb34b.jpeg04176DE7-D40D-4FF2-800F-930B01C8C8E3.thumb.jpeg.f06d1541cb0f0f9298b9e9f2f02cdc37.jpeg

I, hastily, threw some Dermatch in my scar to see if it made a difference and I feel like it made the scar line more noticeable. 

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We just had our bathroom remodeled and I’m supposed to be painting the it. 🤷🏼‍♂️😬

I feel like I’ve made some decent gains in the last month and overall I’m very pleased with how things are currently progressing.

There’s no pain in the donor or recipient but there’s a fair amount of itchiness in both and I’m fighting the good fight when it comes to pimples. I know it’s a sign of hairs trying to break through but holy crap am I ready for the pimples to stop forming. They are pretty uncomfortable. I had my fair share of zits going through puberty and I don’t remember them being so irritating! 😂 😭

I’ll take some pics again in 6 days at the 3 month mark and see if there’s a difference. I’ll also take some time with applying dermatch to the scar and see if it makes any difference and add that in there as well.

Until then I’ll be here if anyone has any questions.

Cheers and be good people.✌🏻

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Looks very nice for only three months. I would say you're off to a great start.

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@Steeeve Thanks for the shout out. You are looking great. Your donor looks awesome. I don't think anyone would be able to notice, period. Ever since I learned about this industry, I often stare at the back of people's heads. Even people that I know for a fact have never had any work done, some seem to have a part of line back there, probably with how their hair is cut or from lying down, etc. 

I booked my appointment for the first week of August with Dr. Arocha. I am nervous as you can be, but I know I will be in good hands. My hair is a couple of inches long back there, but I have a thin crown, so I use some of the hair back there to comb forward/to the side. I am just hoping the incision is low enough that the line will be covered until it heals. It really doesn't seem like it takes more than an inch of hair to cover it. 

I suppose 'short' hair is relative. Some guys want a #1 guard and if it grows to a #4, it's way 'too long'. Some guys like it 2-3 inches long and and that isn't very long to them.

You're doing great, man. I may have to message you more as I get closer to the date and afterward, too!

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On 7/11/2019 at 6:19 AM, Mycroft said:

Looks very nice for only three months. I would say you're off to a great start.

Thank you for the kind words Mycroft.

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On 7/11/2019 at 5:55 PM, LeonSlack said:

@Steeeve Thanks for the shout out. You are looking great. Your donor looks awesome. I don't think anyone would be able to notice, period. Ever since I learned about this industry, I often stare at the back of people's heads. Even people that I know for a fact have never had any work done, some seem to have a part of line back there, probably with how their hair is cut or from lying down, etc. 

I booked my appointment for the first week of August with Dr. Arocha. I am nervous as you can be, but I know I will be in good hands. My hair is a couple of inches long back there, but I have a thin crown, so I use some of the hair back there to comb forward/to the side. I am just hoping the incision is low enough that the line will be covered until it heals. It really doesn't seem like it takes more than an inch of hair to cover it. 

I suppose 'short' hair is relative. Some guys want a #1 guard and if it grows to a #4, it's way 'too long'. Some guys like it 2-3 inches long and and that isn't very long to them.

You're doing great, man. I may have to message you more as I get closer to the date and afterward, too!

You will 100% be in good hands. I understand your nervousness, I was as well, but there really is no need. Dr Arocha and his team will put you at ease every step of the way. The Valium they give you will help out greatly as well. Lol

My hair was only a couple of inches long when I had the op and it was more than enough to cover the suture line/scar. 

I never really cared what length my hair was. I’ve  worn it long, well past my shoulders. I’ve kept it close to my scalp and everything in between. That’s just me. I find most people tend to become OCD, in a sense, with the length of their hair where they wouldn’t be in other areas. It gets to a certain length and people just can’t seem to stand the way it feels on their head.

Your date is right around the corner, man!! Exciting! I hope you update the forum with your results!! 

Thank you for the words of encouragement. Feel free to message me anytime!

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Hey everybody. These pics were taken exactly 3 months post-op on the 16th. I had my wife help me with the dry pics. The hair isn’t really styled. I just kinda tussled my hands through it.

The wet pics I took myself.

There’s really not much to say at this point that I haven’t said already. Nor is there anything to complain about as it’s only 3 months. It’s a solid start and I’m still very happy with what I’ve seen so far. I said I would try putting some dermmatch in my scar in my last post but the hair had grown enough in the few days since that I haven’t needed to.

One thing of note is that there is some solid hair in my crown, due to the PRP, that I’ve not had in years. That was exciting to see.

I’m going to get my wife to help me get some wet pics of the back of my head because what it looks like dry versus wet is completely different.

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Your hair looks pretty good wet, also jealous of your temple points they haven’t receded at all. Excited to see your progress in the upcoming months 😬


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Thanks @Melvin-Moderator! I hope that my temples stick around for awhile. My father is 69 and while he’s mostly bald, with the exception of a few stragglers, his temples have kinda held on.

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You never know until they’re gone though!!

I also wanted to post some pics of the back of my head wet to give an idea of what I’m able to achieve with my scar. Spoiler Alert: it’s not great. Not yet, at least. It’s what I hope to show other members of the forum looking at strip surgery a very real look at what they’re getting into. If they do enough research and find other members who’ve had the strip procedure done they’ll see that this generally clears up over the course of the year. Time will tell with my situation, though.

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Keen eyes will notice that my scar color has really gotten to a more normal color on my left side while it’s still pretty pink on my right.

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I’m still not concerned. I’ve seen guys on here with shockloss continue up to 5 and 6 months and then clear up around the year mark. 

That being said, I’ll be avoiding getting in the water at the beach with my family in a few weeks AND avoiding pool time with friends for a few months. Dermmatch has been pretty successful at concealing it when dry but I haven’t really tried it when wet.

And lastly I just wanted to add some closeups of my hair when wet.

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That’s all for now.

Cheers. ✌🏻🙂

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